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Chakshu Patel joins The Studio Museum in Harlem
Patel comes to the Studio Museum from Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Photo: Victoria Engblom.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Studio Museum in Harlem announced the appointment of Chakshu Patel as its Director of Institutional Advancement. She will take up her position on June 17, working with Director and Chief Curator Thelma Golden and colleagues across the institution to secure the support necessary to realize the Studio Museum’s vital mission.

The Studio Museum is currently in the largest campaign in its fifty-year history, for the purpose of funding construction of its new building designed by Adjaye Associates in collaboration with Cooper Robertson, providing an operating reserve, and increasing the endowment. The campaign to date has proceeded strongly, with contributions from public and private donors enabling the Museum to commence the first major phase of the building project. Patel will build on this success, leading the strategic direction, management, leadership and implementation of the Museum’s capital and annual fundraising initiatives.

Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem, said, “I am thrilled to welcome Chakshu Patel in this crucial leadership role. Her entire career has been defined by her commitment to social justice and to increasing access and opportunity. I know the passion she brings to her work at the Studio Museum will be as important to us as her broad institutional perspective and her diverse, extensive experience, which has encompassed development, management, program design, and strategy.”

Chakshu Patel said, “I am excited to be joining the Studio Museum at this important moment in its history, and to work alongside Thelma Golden and the entire Museum staff to further solidify the Museum’s place as a premier center for contemporary artists of African descent, locally, nationally and globally.”

Patel comes to the Studio Museum from Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), where she most recently served as Vice President in the Strategy Office. Prior to that, she served as the National Director of Foundation Relations and Donor Communications at PPFA. Under Patel’s leadership, the department experienced significant growth in both its revenue and the number of its full-time staff. In particular, her work focused on raising funds for key organizational strategic initiatives.

Before joining PPFA, Patel was a practicing attorney, who worked at the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project and in private practice.

Patel holds a JD from New York University School of Law, where she graduated magna cum laude and Order of the Coif, and a BA in Women’s Studies from Drew University. She serves on the Board of the Embankment Preservation Coalition, a nonprofit organization working with the City of Jersey City to preserve a half-mile-long elevated railway for a habitat-oriented linear park.

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